At the last count we have interviewed 64 people for the City That Rocked The World. But it doesn’t matter how many people we interview I know what I will hear when the film is finally screened, “You know who you should have had in that film….” It’s like trying to fit four pints into a one pint pot. Whether you like music from Liverpool or not there’s no denying this city has produced a lot of it.
My colleague, Tony starts six straight days of drama production on Saturday. Great script by Tony Lindsay and directed by Philip Wood. We’re shooting all over Manchester with a great cast and crew. It’s about Data Protection – who’s got your details…
Over the last couple of week we have been mad busy filming for the City That Rocked the World. We’re out of the sixties and into the post Beatles era. We’ve interviewed too many people to mention but one particular highlight for me was an interview with John Power in the Casa on Hope Street. He spoke about Liverpool music and his career in the Las and Cast. We have also agreed to film an acoustic session with him.
Our two drama productions are taking shape – with casting and recces in progress. Shooting will take place in the next few weeks.
It’s been a busy start to the year at Brightmoon. We’re up and running with the City That Rocked The World feature documentary and in production with two drama films for the Information Commissioner’s Office – Data Protection to you and me.
We’ve been concentrating on the 50s and 60s with our interviews for City That Rocked talking to some of the musicians who helped shape the Mersey sound. These guys are unsung heroes of the Liverpool music scene and its been a pleasure to interview them.
Meanwhile we have been working with director, Philip Wood (Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Brookside, Desperate Scousewives) and scriptwriter, Tony Lyndsay (Holby City, London’s Burning) to produce two 15 minute dramas dealing with Data protection and how to detect and deal with blaggers. So it’s beat music and blaggers at Brightmoon just now.
So the question is: Who would you cast as a blagger?
We’re well underway now with City That Rocked the World. It’s a pleasure to welcome aboard John Campbell and Moira Kenny as researchers on the project. They’ve both been very active in the Liverpool cultural scene for many years and will bring knowledge and passion to the project.
Meanwhile Tony Harrison has been forging ahead with great plans for the future of Brightmoon developing new business opportunities and generally getting himself about. We’ve been developing a working relationship with the Hope Street Centre and are involved in a very exciting project and will be working with a script writer and drama director with over 200 TV credits to their name. More of this in the near future.
We are very fortunate at Brightmoon to have developed relationships with some very good, young, freelance camera operators. I’ve spoken to two of our crew today, Geoff Owens and Kris McDonald. They have worked with us for a couple of years now on both broadcast productions and corporate films. We’ll be working with them at the Downtown Business Conference in Liverpool on Monday and I hope to be using them in the production of The City That Rocked the World – a feature length documentary celebration the whole history of Liverpool music. More about that later.